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  1. Michael W. Hickson (2013). Skepticism in the Modern Age: Building on the Work of Richard Popkin. Edited by José R. Maia Neto, Gianni Paganini, and John Christian Laursen. Brill's Studies in Intellectual History 181. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2009. Pp. X + 390. ISBN: 978-90-04-17784-0. [REVIEW] International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 3 (4):304-307.
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  2. Michael W. Hickson (2013). Theodicy and Toleration in Bayle's Dictionary. Journal of the History of Philosophy 51 (1):49-73.
    Theodicy and Toleration Seem at first glance to be an unlikely pair of topics to treat in a single paper. Toleration usually means putting up with beliefs or actions with which one disagrees, and it is practiced because the beliefs or actions in question are not disagreeable enough to justify interference. It is usually taken to be a topic for moral and political philosophy. Theodicy, on the other hand, is the attempt to solve the problem of evil; that is, to (...)
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  3. Michael W. Hickson (2012). Reductio Ad Malum. Modern Schoolman 88 (3/4):201-221.
    Pierre Bayle is perhaps most well-known for arguing in his Dictionary (1697) that the problem of evil cannot be solved by reason alone. This skepticism about theodicy is usually credited to a religious crisis suffered by Bayle in 1685 following the unjust imprisonment and death of his brother, the death of his father, and the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. But in this paper I argue that Bayle was skeptical about theodicy a decade earlier than these events, from at (...)
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  4. Michael W. Hickson (2011). Reductio Ad Malum: Bayle's Early Skepticism About Theodicy. Modern Schoolman 88 (3/4):201-221.
    Pierre Bayle is perhaps most well-known for arguing in his Dictionary (1697) that the problem of evil cannot be solved by reason alone. This skepticism about theodicy is usually credited to a religious crisis suffered by Bayle in 1685 following the unjust imprisonment and death of his brother, the death of his father, and the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. But in this paper I argue that Bayle was skeptical about theodicy a decade earlier than these events, from at (...)
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  5. Michael W. Hickson (2011). The Moral Certainty of Immortality in Descartes. History of Philosophy Quarterly 28 (3):227-247.
    In the Dedicatory Letter of the Meditations, René Descartes claims that he will offer a proof of the soul’s immortality, to be accomplished by reason alone. This proof is also promised by the title page of the first edition of the Meditations, which includes the words “in which the existence of God and the immortality of the soul are demonstrated.” But in the Synopsis, and later in his replies to objections, Descartes gives a more nuanced account of the possibility of (...)
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  6. Michael W. Hickson (2010). Conscientious Refusals Without Conscience. Philo 13 (2):167-184.
    In this paper I uncover and critically analyze a methodological assumption in the literature on conscientious refusals in health care. The assumption is what I call the “Priority of Conscience Principle,” which says the following: to determine the moral status of any act of conscientious refusal, it is first necessary to determine the nature and value of conscience. I argue that it is not always necessary to discuss conscience in the debate on conscientious refusals, and that discussing conscience is even (...)
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  7. Michael W. Hickson (2010). Review of Neven Leddy, Avi S. Lifschitz (Eds.), Epicurus in the Enlightenment. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2010 (6).
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  8. Michael W. Hickson (2010). Review of Gianni Paganini, Skepsis: Le Débat des Modernes Sur le Scepticisme. [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Philosophy 18 (1):163-166.
  9. Michael W. Hickson (2010). The Message of Bayle's Last Title: Providence and Toleration in the Entretiens de Maxime Et de Thémiste. Journal of the History of Ideas 71 (4):547-567.
    In this paper I uncover the identities of the interlocutors of Pierre Bayle's Entretiens de Maxime et de Themiste, and I show the significance of these identities for a proper understanding of the Entretiens and of Bayle's thought more generally. Maxime and Themiste represent the philosophers of late antiquity, Maximus of Tyre and Themistius. Bayle brought these philosophers into dialogue in order to suggest that the problem of evil, though insoluble by means of speculative reason, could be dissolved and thus (...)
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  10. Michael W. Hickson (2009). Review of Daniel Dahlstrom, Philosophical Legacies. [REVIEW] Review of Metaphysics 62 (3).
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  11. Michael W. Hickson (2009). Philosophical Legacies. Review of Metaphysics 62 (3):649-651.
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  12. Michael W. Hickson & Thomas M. Lennon (2009). The Real Significance of Bayle's Authorship of the Avis. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 17 (1):191 – 205.
    Did Bayle write the Avis aux réfugiés? Although the long debate over this question might not be over, we are convinced that strong probability supports Gianluca Mori's position that Bayle was indeed its sole author. We are also convinced, however, that the significance that Mori assigns to Bayle's authorship gets it exactly the wrong way around, for while Mori is right that the Avis is not only consistent but also representative of the views espoused by Bayle in his subsequent work (...)
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